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Costumes

Christine Jacobs

Everything you wear tells others something about you.  One of the very first impressions anyone gets from another person is what type of clothing or shoes they are wearing. Bright colors or black.  Fitted or loose.  Stylish or time worn.  They all reflect your moods, your activities your style or just an image you want to send.  But, they do … Continue reading

Rewrites

Janet Walkow

…when people no longer fit your script What happens when someone no longer fits into your life – can you write them out of your life? It could be a close friend with whom you no longer share comment interests, a bad experience with an inconsiderate roommate or a colleague who made you feel badly about yourself. Most of us … Continue reading

Rehearsals

Christine Jacobs

It is not always easy to see your way forward in tough situations.  Many of us worry about becoming emotional or that our views, opinions and strategies will not be received well.  The best way to get through this is to rehearse.  Think about what you want to say and how you want a meeting or confrontation to proceed – … Continue reading

Changing Interests, Changing Roles

Janet Walkow

Roles and interests change over time. It’s part of the natural growth and evolution process to try on roles and interests to see what fits.  You may be thinking about picking up a new hobby, learning a new skill, eliminating one of the many obligations you’ve taken on, moving to a new city or exploring a different job opportunity. Taking … Continue reading

Making Plans

Christine Jacobs

I am one of those people who buy lottery tickets several times a year when the publicity and the jackpot are high.  In between buying the tickets and the drawing—which I have not yet won—I make plans for my winnings.  These do not involve new cars, big parties, jewels or second homes. Playing the Lottery I thought about this when … Continue reading

Casting Call

Janet Walkow

           Who Do You Want in Your Life? Just as writers must ponder whom to include in their scripts, each of us should be deliberate in selecting those who are in our lives. Times & Needs Will Change At any given time, people’s roles in your life will change according to the situation, taking on greater or lesser prominence. This … Continue reading

Taking Stock

Christine Jacobs

Out with 2012 and in with 2013.  I. for one, am ready for the New Year. I survived a major birthday, some inconvenient medial issues and the world survived the end of the Mayan calendar. Reflect on Your Accomplishments I often dwell more on what is still on my to-do list but sometimes it is good just to reflect on … Continue reading

Getting to Yes

Janet Walkow

I’ve learned over the years that if you want or need something, you have to ask for it. If you don’t, you’ll likely be disappointed.  Without asking, you’ll have a better chance of getting it than if you didn’t ask.  While you won’t always get what you want, there are ways to improve your odds. My term for this is … Continue reading

The Signal and the Noise

Christine Jacobs

I have recently fed my inner engineer geek self by reading Nate Silver’s wonderful book: The Signal and the Noise.  Silver became well known as a forecaster of election results by understanding how political forecasts work and adjusting them for accuracy issues.  His book talks about not only election results forecasting, but also sports betting, global warming and many other … Continue reading

Good Memories and Bad

Christine Jacobs

When I receive a compliment, I say “Thank you” and move on. Sometimes it feels good for a while but good comments are quickly forgotten and do not embed in my memories. But oh those insults!  I remember every slight and every insult.  The girl who told me I had “cow eyes” in third grade?  I remember where we were … Continue reading